Chiefs stagger into bye week at 1-5


Chiefs stagger into bye week at 1-5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Six weeks after launching the season with quiet hopes of winning the AFC West, the Kansas City Chiefs have staggered into their bye week 1-5.

It's not just any old 1-5. It's an ugly 1-5.

Every loss but one has been a blowout. The offense has not scored a touchdown in the last eight quarters. Their lone victory came on an overtime field goal in New Orleans. Not once has Kansas City been ahead on the scoreboard when the ball was snapped.

The only man taking more heat than the head coach is the general manager.

Angry callers to sports radio shows are jamming the airways with threats of boycotting Arrowhead Stadium if changes are not made at the top, and fast.

Such public condemnation is new to Scott Pioli, who was honored as NFL executive of the year three times in New England before signing on as general manager of the Chiefs in 2009. For coach Romeo Crennel, it's a replay of a nightmarish time in Cleveland when he went 24-40 in four stormy seasons and was fired.

``I think you put on the blinders and you try to forge ahead,'' Crennel said Monday. ``There is nothing that we can do about what's said other than win a ball game. If we win a ball game, then some of those comments probably get tempered a little bit. Then if we win another one, they get tempered a little more.''

The Chiefs will practice through Wednesday before taking four days off to clear from their heads one of the worst starts in the 52-year history of the franchise.

``We need to correct some things that have hurt us in the past, so we can move forward,'' said defensive back Abe Elam. ``We're not satisfied but it's still a long season. We're ready to get back to work. We watched the film this morning. Starting tomorrow, we'll try to improve on those things.''

Except for Dustin Colquitt's expert punting, there is hardly an area that does not need improvement. Crennel, who won the job after guiding the team to a 2-1 record last year following Todd Haley's firing, is most interested in an attitude adjustment.

Many of the problems, especially a tendency to surrender long plays on defense, stems from people trying to do too much, he said.

``It's about making some choices that normally you wouldn't make,'' he said. ``Do your job first and then help out. So if they do their job first no matter what the circumstance is, and then help out, we'll be better. But if they try to help out first before doing their job, then there's going to be a seam somewhere, there's going to be a hole. And a lot of times good teams find those holes.''

He plans no letup this week.

``Practice and practice and practice. Repetition and repetition,'' he said.

Brady Quinn, taking over for the injured Matt Cassel at quarterback, was 22 for 38 for 180 yards in Sunday's 38-10 loss at Tampa Bay in his first start in almost three years. If Cassel is cleared to play by the time the Chiefs resume action in two weeks at home against Oakland, will he or Quinn be under center?

It's a question fans are demanding to know. Until he was injured two weeks ago, Cassel was the main object of most fans' ire, leading an offense that had surrendered 19 turnovers.

As he lay on the turf with what turned out to be a concussion against the Ravens, some cheers were heard in Arrowhead, apparently from people who were happy to see him knocked out of the game. Right tackle Eric Winston later accused ``70,000'' fans of cheering the injury, setting off a national firestorm and further angering fans.

Crennel can draw upon his Cleveland experience for guidance through these rough waters.

``There are times in Cleveland that it wasn't this close,'' he said with a grin. ``So it's been a little bit worse. The thing about this team and about these players is that we were somewhat successful last year and we've added some players to the team and that impacts the chemistry and everything that's going on. But I think because we're in position to make plays that those plays will start getting made.''

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Wizards vs. Pacers: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards vs. Pacers: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Victor Oladipo, Myles Turner, Bojan Bogdanovic and the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:


Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (pregame coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Season series on the line

The Wizards and Pacers square off for the third and final time this season on Saturday night and the game will represent the tiebreaker for the season series. The Wizards beat the Pacers in their first meeting on Feb. 5 and Indiana then got even on March 4. The first game did not feature Victor Oladipo. John Wall didn't play in either of them.

Whichever team wins on Saturday night will own the playoff tiebreaker, meaning that team will get the better seed in the even they finish with the same regular season record. Right now only one game separates the teams, so that could definitely come into play. With a win over the Pacers, the Wizards could also move into third place in the East. They would tie the Pacers by record and own the head-to-head series. The one variable there is the Cavs play the Bulls on Saturday. If they win and the Pacers lose, the Cavs will be in third.


Wizards have been struggling

The Wizards won their last game on the road against the Celtics, but have lost five of their last eight overall. They remain in good shape in the big picture, but could use some positive momentum. A win over the Pacers would certainly give them that with three off days awaiting on the other end before they head out to San Antonio to face the Spurs.

Defense has been the problem. During this eight-game stretch, they have allowed the second-most points in the paint per game (53.8), the ninth-most points per game (111.0) overall and the fourth-highest opponents shooting percentage (49.3). 


Pacers are tough

The Pacers may be missing two of their best big men on Saturday as Domantas Sabonis has been ruled out and Myles Turner is questionable. Both are nursing sprained left ankles. That bodes well for the Wizards' defense in the paint, but Indiana still has plenty of firepower.

Oladipo is having a terrific season with averages of 23.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game. There's also Bojan Bogdanovic, a former Wizards player who is averaging 14.0 points and shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from three this year. Bogdanovic has scored 20 points or more in each of his games against the Wizards this season. The Pacers as a team have won six of their last eight.


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No. 16 UMBC shocks No. 1 Virginia to make NCAA history

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No. 16 UMBC shocks No. 1 Virginia to make NCAA history

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Senior guard Jairus Lyles scored 28 points, and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County pulled off the most shocking upset in NCAA Tournament history, defeating Virginia 75-54 on Friday night to become the first No. 16 seed ever to beat a No. 1 seed.

Virginia entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed after going 31-2 this season, including 20-1 in ACC competition.

But the Cavaliers couldn't get anything generated on offense and the nation's top-ranked defense couldn't contain American East Conference champions.

The 74 points were the most Virginia had allowed this year.

Lyles was the catalyst.

He diced up Virginia's defense in the second half, getting the hole easily on six different occasions and making easy layups. He also knocked down a pair of 3-pointers as UMBC built a 16-point lead.

Lyles finished with 23 of his points in the second half and Joe Sherburne finished with 14 points.

The game was tied at halftime, but the Retrievers came out confident and motivated in the second half and built a double-digit lead that Virginia could never erase.

Sherburne scored on an and-one drive and then knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key after a behind-the-back pass from KJ Maura. After Virginia made a foul shot, the shifty 5-foot-8, 140-pound Maura drove the lane for uncontested layup.

A Tony Bennett timeout couldn't stop the bleeding, as Lyles hit two more 3's and Sherburne hit one to extend UMBC's lead to 14 with 14:57 left in the game. Lyles was fouled on a 3-point shot and suddenly the Retrievers led by 16.

A corner 3-pointer and a layups off a fastbreak by Arkel Lamer gave UMBC its biggest lead at 67-48. From there, the party was on as chants of "UMBC" rang through the arena.

It was yet another early exit for the Cavaliers in a season that seemed to hold so much promise.


UMBC: Despite being undersized and unknown, they shocked the world and made history with an epic game.

Virginia: This isn't the first time Virginia has struggled as the No. 1 seed. The Cavaliers trailed by five at halftime in 2014 to Coastal Carolina but went on to win 70-59.


UMBC: Will face No. 9 seed Kansas State on Sunday in the second round.